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After a long, boring round of blowout football in the NFL playoffs, America turned to the College Football Playoff Championship Game to save the weekend. A rematch from last year between the SEC Champion Crimson Tide (14-0) and Clemson Tigers (13-1), who boasted an ACC Championship of their own along with a Heisman finalist quarterback,

Monday’s game was destined to be an instant classic. Alabama was chasing back-to-back titles and the ever-coveted perfect season, as well as a 6-0 record in championship games and another step towards history for head coach Nick Saban. Alabama was used to this stage. With titles in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015, the Tide’s recent and sustained success has been unmatched in recent history, with any season having failed to reach the final being considered a “failure” by their standards. Clemson, on the other hand, has been adjusting to more consistent success in the past couple of years. They had had the championship game experience as well, just not the satisfaction of winning one.

The Tigers were nothing if not bitter about last year’s game versus the Tide, having fallen 45-40. They would not leave this game disappointed. Down 14-0 early, Clemson was having flash backs to last year’s loss, and they looked shell shocked until Deshaun Watson took over. The Heisman trophy finalist showed everybody and their grandmothers who he was and that he came to play and most importantly to win. He struggled early, but when the final second ticked off of the clock, Deshaun had broken his own National Championship game record for passing yards with 420, also adding 43 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns. He played like a winner and dismantled the most efficient defense in the nation and deserved to lift the trophy, along with head coach Dabo Swinney and the rest of the Clemson Tigers.

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